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Dear Friends,
Can it really be December? To me, the gift of reading is a most precious  holiday gift. Here are this month's new reviews to help you find the perfect book. Two books for ages 9 to 12 coincidentally address the topic of the natural sciences and animals. One is especially good for girls, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, while Frightful's Mountain is about a boy and a falcon. Both books also are part of a series, so you could create a nice package as a gift.

For younger children, beloved author Patricia MacLachlan offers a new book called Just Dance, and an independent author has written a lovely read-aloud story book called My Mother's Tattoo

If you want help selecting a children's book for a young person in your life, simply use the search on with a key word. Or email me, and I'd be happy to help.

May you have a peaceful holiday season.
Laura Duggan


The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Published: 2017
Theme: Girls and Science
Best for: girls 9 to 12

 ‘That’s all it took for you to cave in? You’re some kind of lousy negotiator. That’s what we get for sending a dumb girl to do a man’s job. …’ It was so unfair I could have smacked him.”

This sequel continues to explore the theme of loving science and holding to one’s own truth… 
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Frightful's Mountain

Published: 1999
Theme: The Natural World
Best for: 9 and up

“Frightful awoke as the morning sun brought color to the ops of the trees. Still ravenously hunger, and growing weak from lack of food, she left the pine and circled above an alfalfa field.”

This children’s book is written so deftly that we feel like we are hearing about the habits of a dear friend, rather than some dry science about falconsRead more ›

Just Dance

Published: 2017
Theme: Contentment
Best for: 7 to 9

“I remembered a large, fancy poster with a picture of my mother and James, looking happy and famous. How could she leave that behind to live on a farm in the middle of the prairie?”

The magic of Patricia MacLachlan comes through again, this time with a young girl wondering how one can give up fame and still be happy!  
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My Mother's Tattoo

Published: 2017
Theme: Imagination
Best for: 5 to 8

“Roxy prides herself on making the best grape jelly sandwiches of anyone in the family, and for this reason, she’s in charge of the sandwich assembly line…”

A delightful short collection of three imaginative stories, perfect for reading aloud…  
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